With water all over the streets and the houses, stranded transportation, power cuts and shortage of food, Chennai has been going through a challenging time. And, even in such a situation, the city has come out standing strong. People are helping each other in all the possible ways.
Here are some such humane stories that have come out during the Chennai floods that will restore your faith in humanity.
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#1. Cops managing traffic in heavy rains
A traffic cop was seen helping clearing the traffic in the Chennai rains.
Also, we cannot forget the three policemen helping commuters to move, by making the surface smooth with bricks to cover the road.
#2. People offering shelter
You do not need big dorms for shelter. Tweets from different people in Chennai proved it by offering their homes to accommodate the stranded people.
#3. Telecom companies and good samaritans helping to stay connected
In such a situation, staying connected with each other is a must. Telecom companies like BSNL, Vodafone, Aircel, RCom and Airtel have offered free talk time to the people of Chennai. People from other parts of the country are also offering help by recharging the cell phones of the people in need in Chennai. This is what digital recharge company, PayTM announced:
“Residents can call on 18001030033 and share the mobile number that they want to get topped-up. Paytm will facilitate a Rs 30 recharge instantly free of cost.”
#4. Celebrities are helping out too
The King Khan of Bollywood has won hearts again by his generous donation of Rs. 1 crore to the Chief Minister’s Public Relief Fund. This was made from Shah Rukh and the team of his upcoming movie, Dilwale. On December 7, an official statement from Red Chillies Entertainment, a production company run by Shah Rukh and Gauri Khan, went viral on Twitter. Earlier he had tweeted his concern and prayed for the victims of the Chennai floods:
“May God look after all our brothers and sisters in Chennai. Nature’s fury is strong may we all have the strength to fight it. Insha Allah.”
Even Akshay ‘Khiladi’ Kumar has donated Rs. 1 crore to the Bhoomika Trust, who have been distributing food in the flood hit areas. According to a statement in New Indian Express, Akshay made the decision after on Suhasini Mani Ratnam’s suggestion:
“After seeing the shocking visuals of rain affected Chennai, Akshay wanted to help the people and in this regard he called director Priyadarshan, who in turn directed him to contact Suhasini Mani Ratnam.”
Hrithik Roshan donated Rs. 23 lakh and medicines worth Rs. 2 lakh to the Ramanaidu Charitable Trust for Chennai flood relief on December 11. Baahubali actor Rana Daggubati, the driving force behind this initiative said this about Hrithik’s contribution:
“Hrithik Roshan demonstrated his commitment and his compassion to Chennai relief efforts initiated by Ramanaidu Charitable Trust by this humble donation. We are grateful to Hrithik’s support.”
Rang De Basanti actor, Siddharth became a true hero in every sense of the term, with his dedicated efforts to help the flood affected people all throughout the disaster. He could not go home for days due to flooding. This is what he shared about his experience:
“I freaked out that I had lost my house for the first time… three studios, three cars… And then I felt bad for the middle class who lost so much in just one day.”
Food packets are being delivered to different parts of the city from different people in Chennai. RJ Balaji, and actors like Dhanush, Rajnikanth and other celebrities are helping people by providing and distributing food and other necessities in different parts of the city. Kamal Haasan donated Rs. 15 lakh for the relief efforts. Even Zomato has offered help by informing people to buy a meal and they will add one more meal to it to distribute it among Chennai people.
#5. Temples and Mosques open doors to everyone
Be it Allah or Ishwar, at the time of crisis, it is always one God for all, and so do the people managing the temples and the mosques believe. All the religious places have offered shelters to the people.
#6. People are helping animals move to a safer place
During this time of crisis also, the city has not forgotten the animals. People of the city are happy to offer shelter and food for the pets and street animals. People have also tried to free these animals from the flood and carry them to a safe place.
#7. Companies are offering boats and swimmers helping people to a safe place
Ola has offered boat service to the people in need. Also, the army is helping them row the boats to a safe place. People who can swim are utilising their talent to help the people come out of the flooded areas.
#8. Shopping malls or entertainment places offering shelter
Shopping malls and entertainment houses have also offered shelter to the people in Chennai.
#9. Doctors offering free medication and help
Doctors of the city have informed that they would treat patients for free. Some have also informed that no money would be charged from pregnant women. Practo is also helping people search for doctors in Chennai. Some people, living out of Chennai, have also tweeted to pay for medical bills for people in Chennai.
#10. Army at help
We cannot forget the army who helped the stranded people, to move to a safer place. The IAF is helping people stranded in airport, and the navy is arranging boats and saving people from drowning.
These are just a few instances of human kindness and bravery during the Chennai floods. You can also help by donating clothes and non-perishable items to the collection centres, recharging the cell phones of the affected people, or by offering them shelter if you can. Our prayers are with the people of Chennai.